The Political Science Program emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and oral communication - skills currently in great demand in business.  The program prepares students for graduate study or a job in law, journalism, government, or business.  Our graduates have obtained jobs in politics, special interest groups, international agencies, and national, state, and local governments.

Political Science majors have the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships and cooperative education in state and local government (e.g., in the offices of the Governor, New York State Assembly, State Senate, City Manager) as well as with state judges and in private law firms.  In addition to preparing students to enter the world of politics and power, the program develops an understanding of the challenges and benefits of living in a multi-cultural and global society.


In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science requires a minimum of 33 credits with a maximum of 45 credits.  These courses must include:
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • History of Political Theory or Modern Political Theory
  • Reading Seminar
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • Senior Thesis
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 4 to 6 electives over at least two of the following areas:  international politics, political theory, American politics


The Self in Context 3.0 cr.
Introduction to American Government 3.0 cr.
Writing (by placement) 3.0 cr.
Mathematics (by placement) 3.0 cr.
Liberal Arts Core 3.0 cr.
Physical Education 0.0 cr.
  15.0 cr.
American Perspectives 3.0 cr.
Comparative Politics 3.0 cr.
International Politics 3.0 cr.
Writing or Mathematics 3.0 cr.
Liberal Arts Core 3.0 cr.
Physical Education 0.0 cr.
  15.0 cr.



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